As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.
An undercover state cop who has infiltrated an Irish gang and a mole in the police force working for the same mob race to track down and identify each other before being exposed to the enemy, after both sides realize their outfit has a rat.
Raimunda, her daughter Paula and her sister Sole travel from Madrid to the windy and superstitious village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit the grave of their mother and aunt Irene, who died years ago in a fire with her husband. Then they visit Irene's sister Paula, an old senile aunt that raised Raimunda after the death of her parents that insists to tell them that Irene is alive and living with her; later, they go to the house of her neighbor and friend Agustina, who gives a support to Paula. They return to Madrid, and after a hard day of work, Raimunda meets her daughter completely distraught at the bus stop waiting for her. When they arrive home, Paula tells that she killed her unemployed father Paco, who was completely drunk and tried to rape her. While Raimunda is hiding his body, Sole calls her to tell that their beloved aunt Paula had died. On the next morning, Sole travels alone to the funeral, and when she returns to Madrid, she finds her mother hidden in the trunk of ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Penelope looked great, acting superb. But DULL movie.
This movie was quite interesting until right after the murder scene, and when Cruz threw the guy in the cooler. It appeared the movie was going to head in the direction of an interesting murder mystery...why did she do it and would she get caught?? Then it took a strange course about family relationships that I personally found very dull. Kinda like Desperate Housewives for the nursing home set. Penelope Cruz has never looked more gorgeous, and I don't think I ever appreciated what a terrific actress she is. She is special. All the performances were excellent although I found the characters, ex Penelope, fairly unlikeable. Tough to stay awake in this movie for me, I kept watching myself watching the clock for the ending which was OK, but not worth the wait. I simply found the relationships between the family members very uninteresting.
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